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April 5--  The man accused of a murder fifteen years ago in Swainsboro will be tried starting next week in Toombs County Superior Court.

According to court officials, a change of venue has been granted for the trial of Phillip Scott Kirby, Sr. who is accused of killing East Georgia State College Professor Emily Pestana-Mason in 2002 at her home in Swainsboro.  He was indicted for the murder in 2015.

Selection of jurors from Toombs County will begin Monday morning at the Toombs County courthouse in Lyons with Middle Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Kathy Palmer presiding.